Prisoners’ Rights

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Key Terms

"SHU" = Secure Housing Unit, where prisoners are isolated from any human contact.

The ACLU of Southern California is the leading advocate in the region for reducing dependence on incarceration and reforming the conditions inside jails facilities.

Johnson v. LASD is a lawsuit on behalf of inmates with mobility impairments. The plaintiffs argue that the jails are not wheelchair accessible, and that inmates are denied mobility devices such as wheelchairs, crutches, walkers or canes, even though they need them.

Morrow v. U.S. Parole Commission successfully sought a preliminary injunction ordering the Parole Commission to provide in-person hearings instead of video hearings to federal inmates.

Rosas v. Baca is a lawsuit against L.A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca for failing to take reasonable steps to stop the pattern of deputies’ beating inmates in Los Angeles County jails.

Roy v. Los Angeles County is a lawsuit against Los Angeles County and the L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca for denying bail on the basis of ICE holds, and for holding people in County Jail for more than 48 hours based on those ICE holds.

Inmates who spend lengths of time in solitary confinement are more likely to commit crimes in the future. Learn more about the ACLU’s work on solitary confinement.

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The ACLU of Southern California Prisoners' Rights Team

  • Peter Eliasberg
  • Esther Lim
  • Jessica Price
  • Clarissa Woo Hermosillo